Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Announcing an ARCHICAD Interoperability Increase
Exciting news from GRAPHISOFT that fills a gap in the design process between early stage design and building information modeling. GRAPHISOFT announced the release of a public beta version of a Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connection. The enhanced connection opens up creative options for architects. The existing natural link between Rhino and Grasshopper empowers them to start and modify their designs in any of the three design environments — Rhino, Grasshopper or ARCHICAD
It is an industry-first, bidirectional “real-time” connection – giving architects and designers freedom to use their favorite algorithmic design tool (Grasshopper) in combination with professional BIM software (ARCHICAD) through a best-in-class iterative design workflow. Now it is easier than ever to explore multiple design variations, create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files.
Native file format support for Rhinoceros found in ARCHICAD already let designers open and save Rhino project files of any size or complexity – the extension of this compatibility makes the benefits of using BIM at an early design phase more accessible.
As Tomohiko Yamanashi, Executive Officer and Deputy Head of Architectural Design Department at Nikken Sekkei put it, ”This connection will also help align the traditional design process with the computational design approach. I am looking forward to seeing BIM become a friendlier design tool for architects.”
The public beta test begins on September 28 – click here to sign-up for the beta or to register for a free, online webinar on October 6.
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
GRAPHISOFT has long advocated for user training and puts an increasing amount of focus on that aspect of servicing our customers. Basic tutorials and resource links are embedded in the software and users know they can contact tech support nearly around the clock for advice.
In addition to the online help center, YouTube channel, social media and social networking avenues for ARCHICAD users to get advice and training, GRAPHISOFT employs several BIM consultants who have valuable insight into what issues we are seeing from a user standpoint with the software. GRAPHISOFT also creates opportunities for our customers to benefit from in-person, on-on-one classes as well as ARCHICAD boot camp for both new and experienced users.
BIM consultants have the distinction of being able to interact with the same offices on a regular basis. The consultants will often be called upon to develop strategies in which ARCHICAD can assist on specific projects. Through that relationship and with their background as licensed architects, GRAPHISOFT BIM consultants provide a level of assistance that is unmatched in the industry.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Transitioning from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD
Things changed in January of 2015 for the team at Hlevel Architects. The team made the transition from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD. The growing firm, which specializes in both residential and commercial projects recently completed several projects with ARCHICAD.
Although still new to the software, relatively speaking, the team at Hlevel has come to know that that transition was worth the effort. Firm principle, Michaela Reiterer Henning explains, “After having used ARCHICAD for residential, interior commercial and renovation projects, we now truly understand the potential of the software. We are happy that we have moved toward using such a powerful design tool that helps us collaborate with clients, consultants and contractors.”
One such project – a 4,500 square foot, two story residential (single family) home provided a chance for the team at Hlevel to experience firsthand how ARCHICAD can assist in designing and creating the model. In a similar way, the benefits of ARCHICAD became apparent to the team as they worked on a multi-family dwelling – which amounted to a tenant improvement project and required heavy interior work.
“On the tenant improvement project, we were able to use ARCHICAD to create the images and sections all the way through to the cabinetry. We found it beneficial to save the interiors in the model and make shop drawings for those details. We saved loads of time because of all the detailing we created. Equally beneficial was the visualization in ARCHICAD as we created the dormers in the single family home. In AutoCAD, it would have been a very complicated process, because the ceiling heights change.”
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
In a recent press release GRAPHISOFT announced signing with Fernandes Arquitetos Associados (FAA).
The well-known Brazilian firm with an impressive portfolio, including two 2014 World Cup arenas had been on a competitor’s BIM platform, namely Revit, since 2007. The firm researched alternatives to that platform in keeping with its commitment to consistently streamlining their design process while adding value to their customers. The firm evaluated ARCHICAD and determined it to be a superior software. In addition, Daniel Hopf Fernandes, Founder of FAA pointed out – switching to ARCHICAD freed the firm from the new commercial policy introduced by Autodesk.
“Our main motivation for changing software was Autodesk’s new commercial policy, which is counter-productive to the Brazilian economy,” Fernandes said. After testing and using ARCHICAD, the firm has concluded that it is a superior software. “ARCHICAD integrates with Rhino — and it is more user-friendly and intuitive. ARCHICAD also offers us greater modeling freedom and allows us to model and document in one single platform,” he added.
You can read the full release here
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Making the Switch to ARCHICAD
More than a year ago here on the blog, we profiled Cheikh Sylla of Tampa, FL-based Sylla International and his decision to adopt ARCHICAD over another BIM software he had been using for quite some time. Since then he has been busy, putting his skills and ARCHICAD to the test. At the start of 2015 Sylla evaluated his decision candidly, honestly sharing his experience for his readers and other architects considering a similar change.
Was it Worth it?
Rather than rehash his thorough overview of what the impact of the change has been, I thought it wise to discuss how he’s using the software on an actual project. Sylla is in the design phase of creating a nearly six thousand square foot home that features a pool in a flood zone of Miami, Florida. Sylla is using ARCHICAD 18 to create the design through to construction documents that and at press time was nearing the point of submitting the plans to the city for review.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
This Sunday, June 28 from 2-4 Galbraith Carnahan Architects (GCA) invites you to tour their new office space.
The team recently relocated to East Tosa, drawn to its vibrant community and fun events that the neighborhood hosts throughout the year. The move quickly provided early return on the “fun events” element – with the Tour of America’s Dairyland – East Tosa Gran Prix bike race on June 28th.
GCA’s new office happens to be located along the race route – which provided the firm a wonderful opportunity to play host to the cycling enthusiasts in the area. They invite you and your family to visit the new space up for a “look-in”. Expect race-themed snacks and beverages between the of 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, June 28th. Grab a beer, watch the cyclists, and see our new digs.
The new offices are located at:
6528 W North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
We have caught our breath after a successful show in Atlanta during the AIA 2015 National Convention. There were so many highlights, we hardly know where to begin!
It makes the most sense to start where all the action happened – our booth. This year, our booth was a busy hub where we demonstrated the performance enhancements in ARCHICAD 19, the latest version of our premium BIM software. Once again, our convention booth was designed and modeled in ARCHICAD, providing an open and welcoming space to allow for comfortable interactions throughout the show. Judging by the crowds that gathered we consider our mission accomplished. Visitors were able to relax and see first-hand how we’ve improved the user interface of ARCHICAD, speed up performance and made the work environment so streamlined and efficient.
Monday, May 18th, 2015
May 18th is a huge day for the Kroc Center in Camden. Considered a showpiece of design collaboration and designed by premier ARCHICAD firm, Kitchen & Associates – the Kroc Center will host a visit from President Obama.
The community center just opened to the public last fall, providing much-needed space for health services, physical activity and education. However new it may be, given the enormity of the center’s importance, the Salvation Army Kroc Corp Community Center of Camden, New Jersey deserves this high honor. The Kroc Center is more than a building. The building represents a coordinated effort to reclaim space and provide much needed services to the community.
The $90 million project, situated on a 24-acre former municipal landfill creates positive and sustainable social, economic, and cultural benefits to the community and serve as an anchor for neighborhood revitalization. Kitchen & Associates had to rely on interdisciplinary collaboration while designing in ARCHICAD to acquire funding and maintain project momentum through site remediation, design, and construction.
A winner of the NJ Smart Growth Award, the Kroc Center design has satisfied a list of ten objectives to support smart growth in the community. The initiative, modified from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, recognizes and addresses accessibility, neighborhood development and the inherent connections between environmental protection, social equity, public health, and economic sustainability.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
This year’s AIA National Convention takes place in Atlanta, GA. Between May 14th and 16th GRAPHISOFT will showcase the latest version of its premium BIM software, ARCHICAD® 19. The convention brings together the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. GRAPHISOFT will demonstrate optimized speed and performance enhancements found in ARCHICAD 19.
During demonstrations of ARCHICAD 19 on the show floor – convention attendees will be able to discover how the software can benefit your a firm’s workflow or a sole proprietor’s practice. With ARCHICAD 19, GRAPHISOFT continues to provide users with solutions that simplify processes, improve profitability and grow business.
“By enhancing software performance GRAPHISOFT powers up an already intuitive and responsive set of tools for the architect,” said Steve Benford, Managing Director, at GRAPHISOFT North America. “With ARCHICAD 19 our users will have access to cutting edge technology and one of the fastest BIM tools available.”
With so much to see and do at the AIA show, GRAPHISOFT North America would like to highlight some presentations scheduled from seasoned and newly established ARCHICAD firms. These sessions provide a wonderful opportunity to hear about their experiences in using BIM to achieve growth and improve profitability.
Featured Session: Sustained & Long Term Growth from BIM Adoption
On Friday morning, Don Whitten, AIA of Marietta GA based – Collins Cooper will present “Sustained and Long Term Growth from BIM Adoption” in Room B313. Since transitioning to a BIM workflow a decade ago, Collins Cooper has made the most of that strategic advantage. During the presentation, Whitten, joined by Clayton Daspit of The Beck Group will provide real-world examples that demonstrate the impact of the adoption of an integrated BIM workflow had on their firm’s future.
Friday, May 8th, 2015
This week, you have a special opportunity to tour an eco-friendly, sustainable, healthy and efficient home – designed in ARCHICAD by the creator of Northern Illinois’ first certified passive house; Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, Ltd.
On May 9th, Tom Bassett-Dilley of TBDA, Brandon Weiss of Evolutionary Home Builders, Jason LaFleur of Eco-Achievers, and Matt Fordham of ENVIRONMENTS Studio will lead a tour of their Oak Park home. You will be able to learn about smart, healthy and efficient living during this free event.
As told to the Chicago Tribune in a recent article, Bassett-Dilley says, “this is a “right-sized” new home, designed in the Passive House paradigm, but being certified under the LEED program. While its space planning and technology are entirely 21st-century, its form echoes the scale and detailing of its bungalow and foursquare neighbors. Indoor-outdoor experience is optimized with a front screened porch, complete with a wood-burning fireplace.”
“We really care about not poisoning our clients,” Bassett-Dilley said. “To me, this passive house way of building is about both health and efficiency. Not just do less harm, but actually do good for people.”
The floor plan is simple “but every function is just perfectly tailored to what they needed,” Bassett-Dilley said. “It’s performance informing design and design making an expression out of the performance,” he said.
TBDA has been chronicling the creation of this home in his “From the Field” updates – now see it all come together. Register here.